Hockey Hall of Fame - Stanley Cup Journals: 2011, 07

The Stanley Cup was brought to The Steak House in Minneapolis, where the Boston Bruins were holding their scouts dinner and celebration.
Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and his wife Margaret posing for a photo with their dogs and the Stanley Cup. (Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)
The Stanley Cup departed Minnesota following the NHL Entry Draft on Saturday, June 25 and headed east by private jet to Martha's Vineyard, the sensational island off the south end of Cape Cod. Martha's Vineyard is an exclusive island, accessible to the rest of Massachusetts only by air or boat.

Flying with the Cup was much of the Boston Bruins' management team. Bruins' president Cam Neely was joined by general manager Peter Chiarelli, assistant GM Don Sweeney and head coach Claude Julien on the trip to the island. Neely carried the Cup off the jet, hoisting it above his head in triumph as he descended from the plane. The gesture was greeted by a monstrous roar from the fans, including the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School boys and girls hockey teams who were waiting for the plane to touch down. .

The Stanley Cup sits at the base of a Giant sequoia in Yosemite National Park.
The Stanley Cup sits at the base of a Giant sequoia in Yosemite National Park.
(Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Neely, grinning like the butcher's dog, handed the Stanley Cup to Jerry Jacobs Jr., and a summer resident of Katama on The Vineyard. Jerry Jacobs is an alternate governor for the Boston Bruins and principal of Delaware North, the company that owns the Bruins. Jerry is the third generation of Jacobs to head the company. His father is the chief executive officer.

The group posed for pictures with the Stanley in what was essentially the Bruins' first public appearance with the trophy since their gargantuan victory parade in Boston. Coach Julien stated, "It's great to be able to share this. We want to share with as many people as we can."

The Stanley Cup was then taken to Edgartown, the county seat of Martha's Vineyard for more than 350 years. The white Greek Revival homes were originally built by whaling captains, but remain stately reminders of a glorious era in the area's history.

A quick stop at Sharky's Cantina preceded an evening parade down Edgartown's Main Street. The Stanley Cup jauntily rode atop an antique fire truck accompanied by the Jacobs family - father Jerry, his wife Alice, daughter Melissa and son Justin -- as hundreds lined the streets, clapping and cheering as the historic trophy edged by. The parade concluded and the Cup was taken into The Boathouse, a fabulous oceanside restaurant and club, for a private reception. Goaltender Tuukka Rask was a special guest at the celebration.

Before the night came to an end, the Cup visited the Wharf Pub, a popular watering hole that was filled with exuberant Bruins fans that evening.

Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and his wife Margaret sharing a moment with the Stanley Cup at Yosemite National Park.
Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and his wife Margaret sharing a moment with the Stanley Cup at Yosemite National Park. (Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)
On Sunday morning, June 26, the Jacobs family took the Stanley Cup to the Winnetu Oceanside Resort on the South Beach and invited hotel staff and guests to have their picture taken with the Stanley Cup. The Jacobs family then took the Stanley Cup out for a tour of the harbour.

Melissa joined Cup Keeper Mike Bolt on a firetruck that took them to Edgartown School. There, more than a thousand residents gathered in the gymnasium to see and touch the Stanley Cup. Pictures were taken as souvenirs of the special visit.

The Cup flew to Buffalo, New York on Sunday, June 26, and was taken to nearby East Aurora to celebrate at the home of the Jacobs family. While their company, Delaware North, is global, its head office is situated in Upstate New York.

The Cup was taken behind the estate to the horse barn, where Pia dined on oats ever so mannerly out of the silver chalice. Justin got pictures taken with the Stanley Cup on his John Deere Gator.

The evening concluded with a party, hosted by Jerry Jacobs, with his Mom and Dad (Jeremy and Margaret) as guests of honour

To start the work week, on Monday, June 27, the Cup showed up at the head office of Delaware North and was placed in the boardroom while the management team conducted a meeting. Jeremy Jacobs arrived as guests of honour. Jeremy is, of course, the CEO of the company. At an appropriate time, Mr. Jacobs took the Stanley Cup to his office and spent some time reading the names engraved on it: Howe, Richard, Mahovlich, Orr, Lafleur, Gretzky… Each one conjures wonderful images of hockey played at its most skilled.

Margaret Jacobs and the Stanley Cup enjoying a day of hiking at Yosemite National Park.
Margaret Jacobs and the Stanley Cup enjoying a day of hiking at Yosemite National Park.
(Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Time for lunch, and the Cup visited Vito's. Jerry Jacobs made certain to show the trophy his Bruins won to the staff at the popular restaurant. The next stop was the historic Buffalo Club, founded by leading Buffalo businessmen in 1886. Afterwards, they visited the University of Buffalo for an hour-and-a-half.

A party was in progress for Delaware North staff and their families at a fairground in Hamburg, New York, and the Cup made an appearance so everyone could get their picture taken with hockey's greatest prize. But there was a real surprise when Eric Simoneau proposed to Monica Brick, his girlfriend of more than three years. Monica was astounded to find an engagement ring waiting for her in the bowl of the Stanley Cup.

The next day, Tuesday, June 28, Bruins' owner Jeremy Jacobs had the Cup at his home and had wonderful pictures taken around the spacious property. Then, it was off to Delaware North's corporate headquarters. A media conference was held, at which the senior Jacobs called winning the Stanley Cup his "greatest accomplishment in business."

The Cup was carried downstairs and slipped out the back so it could make an entrance through the front entrance of Delaware North. The staff, gathered in the lobby, was so excited to be in the presence of the Stanley Cup and cheered wildly as it was carried in. It was then carried back upstairs where staff enjoyed a cake created in the shape of the Stanley Cup as well as cupcakes and Stanley Cup t-shirts.

The Stanley Cup taking in the scenery at Yosemite Valley.
The Stanley Cup taking in the scenery at Yosemite Valley. (Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)
The historic trophy was taken back to the Jacobs' home for a charity reception that benefited the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, a world-renowned cancer research and treatment centre that has served Buffalo and area since 1898. A cancer survivor attended as a special guest and was thrilled to have her picture taken with the Stanley Cup. Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and drinks as well as their own portraits with the Cup.

A whirlwind day was completed with a trip to the airport, where the Cup was taken back to Boston for a few days.

On Friday, July 1, a flight from Boston to Fresno took the Stanley Cup to Delaware North Corporation Global Reservations Center, decorated in black and gold for the Bruins. The media joined staff in welcoming Lord Stanley's legacy, and a large number of photos were taken.

Hockey's most beloved trophy was paired with one of the most beloved landmarks in the United States as the Stanley Cup was taken to Yosemite National Park that afternoon. The park, with its granite cliffs, magnificent waterfalls and giant Sequoia groves, covers an area of more than 761,000 acres.

Delaware North is the concessions company for the park, and owns and operates Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite. The driveway approaching the lodge had been decorated with black and yellow Bruins' banners on either side. There, on Friday night, the Stanley Cup spent the evening at Jackalope's Bar and Grill, in Tenaya Lodge.

Saturday began with the Stanley Cup set up in the lobby of the lodge, and hotel staff, as well as the public, were invited to stop by, visit and get a picture with the Cup. That morning, Jeremy and Margaret Jacobs made an unscheduled visit to their lodge. It was heart-warming to witness an enthusiastic round of applause break out spontaneously from the staff and guests, appreciative of all the work the Jacobs family did to bring the Stanley Cup to them. "To be able to share the mystique of the Cup with our broader family and associates is one of the great joys we have," Mr. Jacobs said. "It's also a chance for them to take pride in what the company accomplished."

The Stanley Cup sits on the tee box of the 18th hole at Pebble Beach.
The Stanley Cup sits on the tee box of the 18th hole at Pebble Beach. (Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)
For the next two days, Dan Jensen, the chief operating officer at Delaware North Parks and Resorts at Yosemite toured the Stanley Cup through the park. During this time, the Cup was taken to Glacier Point at Yosemite, where some of the most spectacular photos ever taken of the Cup were snapped. At one point, the Cup was stationed in front of a cottage built in 1893. The Stanley Cup had found a kindred spirit. The Cup, of course, was first awarded in that same year. The cottage hosts a barbecue each Saturday evening, and that night was no different…other than the fact a three-foot, 118-year-old silver visitor was garnering most of the attention!

On Sunday evening, the Cup left for Pebble Beach to ready itself for a day at Pebble Beach Golf Links, one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world.

The Fourth of July began with the Stanley Cup at Pebble Beach Golf Links, located on the Monterey Peninsula and breathtakingly looks out over Carmel Bay on the Pacific Ocean, and is located on the Monterey Peninsula. Photos with the Cup were taken at various locations around the course.

The Cup attended a Fourth of July fundraiser at The Beach and Tennis Club at The Lodge at Pebble Beach, and then moved over to a location beside the 18th hole where golfers were able to have their picture taken with the Stanley Cup, with proceeds directed to the First Tee of Monterey County.

After its day on the links, the Stanley Cup concluded the holiday as the guest of honour at a fundraising party for 150 at the home of Pebble Beach CEO, Bill Perocchi.

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On Tuesday, come back rested because we're off to Montana and a day spent with assistant coach, Doug Houda.

Kevin Shea is the Editor of Publications and Online Features for the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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